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Audi R8 Spyder – Click above for high-res image gallery

With all the leaks leading up to the Frankfurt Motor Show, we knew this one would pop sooner rather than later. And here it is: the Audi R8 Spyder. No more spy shots or speculation. The drop-top bomber from Ingolstadt has arrived... and it's achingly gorgeous in this chocolate hue.

Without any official information to go off of, we can't comment on weights and measures, but we do know Audi will only be offering the Spyder with the Lambo-derived 5.2-liter V10, putting out 525 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. On the styling side, there's not much to report. Along with the removal of the roof, the sideblades have been dispatched in favor of a duo of scoops ahead of the rear wheels, while the windshield gets framed in brushed aluminum and a set of vented bulges trail off from the seats. Unfortunately, we don't have any shots of the R8 with the top up, but when we get an eyeful in Frankfurt, we'll get our first glimpse of the retractable soft-top and the R8's new profile. Until then, check the images in the gallery below.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It might as well just be a TT. The styling is lackluster at best.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear Santa,

      I know it's early, but, I've been REALLY good. Mom says I deserve something special this year for helping my Grandma and taking out the trash, so, can I please ask for one of these? It's not for me, it's for my little brother. He can't drive yet, so, I'll take real good care of it till he can.

      Thank you and say hi to Rudolph for me,

      • 5 Years Ago
      Still hot...but odd!?!?

      • 5 Years Ago
      UHMMM can i get the credit for the tip..
      • 5 Years Ago
      I get it now. I didn't get the brown (chocolate-ish) with a Cayman I saw in Koln a few months ago, but on a summer and sunny day in Frankfurt last month, an A4 cabrio pass in brown and it was brilliant. It's black without that mean emotion and white without the normalcy. Thus, the brown, by Audi, is brilliantly done to keep the class of the darker color without the sedateness often achieved with the lighter colors. The brown by Porsche, not so good. What beauty!
      • 5 Years Ago
      unless the car is made out of ACTUAL chocolate.... the color is ass. Everything is pretty hot
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its Gallardo is really showing now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "and it's achingly gorgeous in this chocolate hue."


      NO. it ISN'T.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My sentiments exactly...but instead of Pop-tarts, I almost snarfed my Pepsi on the screen.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, it's definitely a hot car.
        But why'd they choose Turd Brown Metallic?
        Not so hot, even if the car is still drop dead gorgeous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OOOOOHHHH DAYUMMM!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Huh... without the sideblades and rooflines this car seriously loses a lot for me. I'd prefer if it still had a clear cover over the engine like the coupe, too.

      Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't kick it out of bed, but I'd rather see an R8 coupe in my garage-- not that either will be seeing themselves there in the near future...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed; the first thing I thought looking at the side profile was "Audi MR2".

        But that rear three-quarter view? Sexiest metal I have ever laid eyes upon. I don't think there's a chance in hades that anybody seeing this thing in three dimensions would ever confuse it with a TT.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Targa would definitely be the better option for a car with the sideblades and a visible engine.
        The convertible just hides the beauty of the car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That car without sideblade and roof is one big FAILboat. They should have made it Targa top instead
        • 5 Years Ago
        agreed... after staring at the pic for a few seconds, the car actually feel like an Audi TT / R4/5
        the sideblade and roof-line actually adds quiet a bit to the overall "super-ness" of the car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well put.
        • 5 Years Ago
        additonal sideblades would look sh1t if they added something similar to the cabriolet. imagine the clean body colour, a different coloured soft hardtop and a different looking sideblade. this would look like pimp my ride. so i am pretty relieved they left the blade for the coupe and kept the cabriolet body smooth looking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Beautiful proportions in convertible guise, and a pleasantly surprising choice to display it in that metallic chocolate...not a color choice I'd expect from a brand that's more about futuristic design and LED lighting, but it somehow **works**. Part of me also wishes that they'd done something to keep the side blades, a la Saleen's S281 Speedster bar (I wish my Photoshop/AutoCAD skills were up to the task), but I still like what Audi's accomplished by deleting them.

      That being said, I'd prefer the coupe. Maserati's GranCabrio still holds the top spot this year for gorgeous convertibles. I'd slot this above the DBS drop-top though, which was my previous 2nd choice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice ass.
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